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Which is Better? The 2019 Honda Passport or 2019 Acura RDX?

2019 Honda Passport 2019 Acura RDX Versus

2019 Honda Passport


2019 Acura RDX

3.5-liter V6


2.0-liter VTEC
280 hp


272 hp

Seating Capacity


Serving Chantilly, Washington D.C., and Alexandria

Having a robust design, the 2019 Honda Passport is a premium SUV that's ready to conquer rugged terrains. The 2019 Acura RDX is an SUV that has a luxurious design for urban drivers. This elegant model can't match the off-road capabilities of the durable Passport.


The 2019 Honda Passport is powered by a V6 engine block that has the traditional i-VTEC design. Displacing 3.5 L on each combustion cycle, the naturally aspirated powertrain produces up to 280 horsepower and just more than 260 pound-feet of torque. An SOHC configuration is standard in the efficient valvetrain, which is paired with direct injection. When equipped with a towing package, the Passport could handle a maximum load of 5,000 pounds. Under the hood, the 2019 Acura RDX has a six-cylinder engine that delivers up to 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The valvetrain of this naturally aspirated engine includes the classic VTEC technology and DOHC. The Idle Stop function helps the RDX save fuel in situations that require frequent stops and starts. Similarly, the Eco Assist System prevents wasteful combustion in the Passport.

Off-Road Handling

A nine-speed automatic transmission system is standard in the 2019 Passport. This all-new transmission is synchronized with a sophisticated all-wheel drive that's engineered to handle tough off-road conditions. You can use the Intelligent Traction Management technology to optimize the AWD for various weather conditions and terrains. For example, there is a custom mode that's exclusively tuned for navigating snow. Whether you're exploring a sandy desert or rocky valley, you'll find additional driving modes in the Intelligent Traction Management. This versatile Honda SUV also has the Intelligent Variable Torque Management, which increases the responsiveness of the axles in real time. The 2019 Acura RDX could be equipped with the Super Handling AWD, which has great ratings for all-weather driving. However, this advanced drivetrain lacks the off-road capabilities of the Intelligent Variable Torque Management. As a luxury model, the RDX is tuned primarily for cruising paved roads in cities. The car's 10-speed automatic transmission has the Sequential SportShift mode that's designed for agile handling on highways rather than off-road trails.


The 2019 Passport has a modern design that accommodates adventure-seeking people. You can add Honda Genuine Accessories to improve the utility of the vehicle for road trips. For example, the roof rack is designed to hold custom storage solutions for kayaking, snowboarding, skiing and camping equipment. You'll also have an easy time inserting items into the cargo area with some assistance from the hands-free power lift gate. Having an all-weather design, the Passport's heavy-duty tires measure 20 inches in diameter. This robust Honda SUV also has better ground clearance than the 2019 Acura RDX.

Contact Honda of Chantilly for more information about the 2019 Honda Passport. We'll show you why this SUV beats the 2019 Acura RDX in performance and utility.